Rodent eradication plan for a shearwater island

 Although not an ACAP-listed species, the Flesh-footed Shearwater Puffinus carneipes scored relatively highly in an assessment conducted by ACAP's Advisory Committee designed to identify procellariiform species whose conservation status might be improved by international action (click here for a paper on the assessment exercise). 

 The Flesh-footed Shearwater breeds on Australia's Lord Howe Island where its declining population is considered to be at risk from both bycatch at sea and from land-based conservation issues (click here). 

 A draft plan has now been released to eradicate the introduced rodents of Lord Howe (click here) which, if carried out successfully, should help improve the conservation status of the shearwater.

 John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 28 November 2009


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